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at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. returning to our top story now, many little girls of course have dreamed of one day becoming a princess. well, kate middleton is now living that dream. >> with all the pomp and circumstance comes the fact that she is marrying into quite an unusual family. miguel marquez has a look at what kate can expect from her future in-laws. >> reporter: when kate middleton ties the royal knot, she'll be known round the world as princess catherine. she'll also enter a world few of us could imagine. the royal family. >> if she only knew what she was letting herself into. my golly. i think she might have second thoughts about it. because of course the british
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royal family has frequently been described as the most dysfunctional family in the whole of great britain. >> reporter: in his new book "we are amused," he's collected some of the more bizarre habits of the royals. >> my book takes a rather affectionate if amused look, i suppose, at the royal family. and tells of some of the little oddities about them. >> reporter: kate probably already knows some of them. queen elizabeth, her grandmother-in-law to be, has more than one pet peeve. starting with the royal pets. those welsh corgis are loved by the queen, and no one else. don't even think about petting them. if you ever pour the queen a drink, she likes gin and dubonnet. two parts gin, one part dubonnet. she has it on ice but doesn't like that clinking sound. >> prince philip invented a little machine that created tiny ice balls. they rub gently together. that sort of thing. the little idiosyncrasies, if you like, of a family who are in
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many ways very ordinary. >> reporter: the queen despises brown suits. and lovers. but what really gets her going? clip-on bow ties. if you're invited to a formal function at buckingham palace, you better know how to tie one yourself. middleton has already learned how delicate the royal landscape can be. she once used the word toilet in front of the queen, inviting a royal backlash. we don't go to the toilet, we go to the lavatory. when it comes to -- ahem -- the throne. kate's father-in-law to be, prince charles -- always a heartbeat away from the throne -- has some quirks of his own. everywhere he goes, he takes along a white leather toilet seat. >> princess anne, prince charles' sister, once gave him a white leather toilet seat. she thought it was hilarious. he thought it was so marvelous, so comfortable, it now accompanies him everywhere he goes, all around the world.
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>> reporter: so, what does the queen like? i hope princess catherine likes bat catching. at the family home in balmoral, scotland, bats fly around the rafters and apparently that's when the queen enjoys her favorite sport. >> she brings them down with a large butterfly net on a long pole, and of course in britain bats are protected species. so she has to release them. they're nocturnal animals so they come back every night. and she does it again the next day. >> reporter: it's not all toilet seats, bats, pomp and circumstance all the time with all the royals. okay, the family is a little controversial here, but hey, at least the royals aren't boring. will and kate will have a lot to live up and down to. >> if it's rather dull that would be the worst thing that could happen to the monarchy. perhaps we want them to be hugely dramatic. i find it rather more enjoyable when they behave appallingly. >> reporter: if history is any guide, we won't have to worry too much. i'm miguel marquez in london.
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>> heavy is the head that will soon wear that crown. >> no kidding. walking into that family, on this show i don't think we would fit in well with the royal crowd. >> right. if saying the word toilet gets you in trouble? >> we look good there, though. it would be nice for a day or two. coming up next, what drama involving brandy and bristol on "dancing with the stars" last night. >> how bristol palin's younger sister is in some trouble on facebook. your "skinny" is next.
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and welcome back, everybody. of course we have to update "dancing with the stars" this week. a big shocker last night. brandy got the boot, and bristol is somehow able to carry on despite having some low ratings throughout the entire year. brandy had a great latest round this week. she did really great. strong performance monday night. you could literally hear the gasps from the audience when
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they say brandy was the one going to get sent packing. bristol made like everyone in the audience was pretty stunned by this. should be interesting how this all plays out. she had consecutive last-place finishes but still managed to get into the finals. it's all going to end next week but bristol is still in. the argument keeps going on and on about whether her mom's tea party backers and republicans are keeping her in the race despite the fact that she's not scoring that well and clearly is not the best dancer among those who are left. a lot of drama on that stage. >> a lot of drama and a lot of defense of bristol palin. there's another daughter in the palin family -- >> oh, yeah. >> -- making big headlines. according to tmz the other daughter in the family, willow, the 16-year-old we don't hear much about, was defending her mom. the mom's show premiered this past sunday. of course you've heard of it. it's called "sarah palin's alaska." she's defending it on facebook because some kids in her class posted nasty messages. what basically comes out are multiple homophobic slurs. the original comment made by the kid was something along the lines of, "sarah palin's alaska"
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is failing so hard right now, then she goes on to say several homophobic things. it continues on with, i have no idea who you are but what i've seen pictures of you're absolutely disgusting. bristol gets in on the conversation, so it's not only that sister, it's the older sister as well. basically, the end result of all this ended where the 16-year-old said to another commenter on facebook, i'm sorry you're such a low-life loser, sorry all you guys are jealous of my family's success and you guys aren't going anywhere with your lives. a homophobic slur which we're choosing not to repeat is never -- >> right. there may be some consequences of that. we'll see how that one plays out. we'll lighten the mood here. i'm a facebook addict. you not so much so. maybe this is your kind of holiday. jimmy kimmel started something really cool, national unfriend day, getting rid of all your -- not really your friends on facebook. take a listen to how this thing has played out the last couple of days. >> next wednesday, november 17th, i'm asking facebook users to gather around your computers, go through your list, determine which ones are really your friends and eliminate those who aren't.
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in other words, i want you to kill people. over the weekend, facebook all of a sudden made it a lot harder to unfriend someone. they changed things. i only have like three friends to start with. so i'm all right. i may cut two of them just to make a point. >> "good morning america" yesterday morning. but today, national unfriend day, getting rid of folks who are really not your friends. jimmy kimmel started a new national trend, caused some facebook backlash. i think it's really funny. >> it may backfire on him though. recently he posted someone's random page and said, unfriend this person. the next thing you know the person's friend number tripled or quadrupled or something. hopefully it works, jimmy. so this is really funny. ellen degeneres had halle berry on. of course halle berry, everyone knows this, "people's" most beautiful woman. take a look at what happened. she openly admits, i'm sweating. >> she showed the pits. >> she did. then ellen, who of course is very clever, immediately grabbed the tissues and sort of wiped her down. lest you think the beautiful
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odor and release a fresh scent. here are some stories to watch today on abc news. after the dow's 178-point dive, many overseas markets are down this morning. investors are reacting to the debt crisis in ireland and its impact on europe. the makers of the alcoholic drink four loko announced it will remove caffeine from the beverage. complaints of illnesses forced many states to ban it. the fda was ready to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks in meetings today. gm unveils its electric car, the chevy volt, today at the los angeles auto show. the volt was named "motor trend's" car of the year. finally this morning an inside look at an amazing piano player we've been featuring. he made world headlines after performing on the show "china's got talent." >> he plays despite not having any arms.
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we see the man's true dedication. >> reporter: liu wei was 10 years old. the boy from beijing was playing hide-and-seek with his friends when he accidentally touched a power line. he woke up in the hospital. both arms had been amputated. few knew of his story here in china until he bravely went on national television to compete on their own "china's got talent." telling the audience of millions he'd taught himself how to play the piano with his toes. uncertain what they would hear, he sat down at the piano and began to play. ♪ >> reporter: the crowd was stunned as he performed the french piece "mirage du amor." ♪ >> reporter: wiping away tears, then the standing ovation. he would return in the finals. ♪ you're beautiful
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>> reporter: and he would win. fresh off his victory, liu wei is now a hero here. you have to go to another performance after this? >> yes. >> reporter: and we're stopped by his fans on the street. a lot of folks would wonder why you didn't give up, how you were able to keep going. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: he tells us of his mother who told him as a boy, no matter what, life goes on. he slipped off his green sneakers and cracked his toes. and he performed that first song that captured an entire country. ♪ >> reporter: our crew from america, just as moved. >> bravo! >> reporter: as the millions here in china before us. david muir, abc news, beijing. >> think about this as we go to break. his first piano teacher told him
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britain's buzz about the future queen. >> she's prepared to put herself second to the job. >> prince william's new fiancee makes history. pending punishment. what's next for the veteran democrat now found guilty on ethics charges. and, troubled tradition. thanksgiving charities feeling the recession's pinch. it's wednesday, november 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> everybody feeling the pinch from the recession, including charities too. this is the time of year for all that giving. those shelves are getting dry as well. >> i think one of the biggest problems you also hear is people intend to do their best, then they don't follow up. it's so important. a reminder to myself as well to go out and do it. >> to both of us for sure.
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good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. congratulations and best wishes are pouring in worldwide for britain's most famous engaged couple. >> prince william and his fiancee can it middleton have of course announced their plans to marry. now speculation centers around where and when that big ceremony will take place. lara setrakian has that story from london. >> reporter: it's official. prince william and his long-time love, a commoner, kate middleton, are to be married. >> we're very, very happy. and i'm very glad that i have done it. >> it seems natural for both of us. >> reporter: they'll wed next year. 30 years after the wedding of prince charles and lady diana, watched by 1 billion people. diana was loved by the british, and the comparisons will be there. >> my mother's engagement ring. it's very special to me. i really want to put the two together. it was my way of making sure that my mother is a part of today. >> reporter: kate is her own
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woman. she's athletic and quietly confident and she'll be getting married later, at 29 years old. she's used to life in the public eye. for years, the paparazzi have been relentless. the on and off relationship, a constant, but never a done deal. now london is in a frenzy with the news. the congratulations pouring in. >> i'm sure that the whole country will want to impart their very best wishes to the happy couple and wish them an incredibly long and happy life together. >> reporter: in this case, what's good for the royals could be good for england, suffering from the blues of an economic slump. >> it's remarkable how similar it is to when charles and diana got married, which was another time of tremendous economic depression in the '80s. this is happening again. and i actually believe that helps to factor in to say, let's blow it out. >> reporter: a royal wedding likely rivaling that of his parents' in pomp and popularity. lara setrakian, abc news, london. >> our coverage of the royal engagement will continue later this half hour with a look at the couple's relationship.
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make sure to stay tuned for "america this morning" and "good morning america" as we learn everything there is to know about these two, the engagement, the wedding plans, everything else we can dig up. >> you're excited too, huh? jim's excited too. now to washington where senators addressed monumental problems facing the nation's mortgage industry. >> it led to accusations of stupidity, negligence and even arrogance on the part of major banks. john hendren has details in washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. it was a face-off on capitol hill between senators angry over the foreclosure mess and banks accused of unlawfully seizing americans' homes. lawmakers have a name for the latest foreclosure crisis. >> robo signing problem. >> the robo signing scandal. >> robo signing. >> reporter: robo signing. hundreds of foreclosure documents a day pushed through without proper review. sometimes backdated, costing thousands of americans their homes. >> sometimes a person's absolutely not in default, and they initiate foreclosure.
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sometimes the wrong bank initiates foreclosure. >> reporter: among those accused, the nation's biggest banks, some of which took billions of dollars in bailouts. citigroup. bank of america. jpmorgan chase. >> we learned they couldn't keep themselves solvent without taxpayer assistance. then we learned they couldn't effectively work with troubled borrowers in a bursting housing bubble. now we've learned they don't even know how to foreclose. >> reporter: a government watchdog, the congressional oversight panel, says robo signing problems could set off a wave of legal challenges in up to 33 million loans, causing millions in losses to banks and new trouble for the housing market. >> these abuses occur because servicers have strong financial incentives to deny permanent modifications. >> i would say to the business people in the room, stupid policy. >> reporter: at a showdown on capitol hill, banks admitted mistakes. bank of america saying it's trying to replace paperwork in as many as 100,000 pending foreclosures. >> we do not always get it right.
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>> our process did not live up to our standards. >> reporter: bank officials insist the mistakes, though widespread and occurring at several major financial institutions, are honest ones. honest or not, it's likely to make months, maybe years, to sort it all out. rob and vinita? a russian arms dealer known as the merchant of death is now in a new york city jail this morning. viktor bout is accused of selling weapons to third world rebels for decades. he was arrested two years ago in a sting operation led by u.s. narcotic agents. he was then extradited from thailand and faces terrorism charges here in the u.s. federal investigators are releasing new details about an internet hijacking incident involving china. a report released today shows 15% of the world's internet traffic was sent through a computer server in china. while the incident was previously reported, federal investigators now admit u.s. government and military traffic was affected. the hacking incident happened in april, impacted web traffic for about 18 minutes. congressman charlie rangel
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is waiting to find out how exactly he'll be punished now that he's been convicted of violating house ethics rules. the new york veteran democrat says he was treated unfairly and as wabc's dave evans reports, rangel insists he did not break the law. >> reporter: he was once one of the most powerful congressmen in the nation. now charlie rangel, convicted on 11 counts of financial and ethical misconduct. his jury of four democratic and four republican congressmen took only a few hours to render its verdict. >> we have tried to act with fairness, led only by the facts and the law. and i believe that we have accomplished that mission. >> reporter: rangel reacted with bitterness and outrage. a statement asking, how can you have confidence in the ethics committee when i was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel, and not even in the room. >> mr. rangel, do you have any reaction to the committee's decision --
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>> no, i really haven't studied it. >> reporter: as reporters waited, rangel spent much of the afternoon behind closed doors with fellow democrats on the party's future as the minority. then a statement in which rangel claimed no evidence of corruption or personal gain. the ethics committee found rangel guilty of using a rent-stabilized apartment as a campaign office. that he misstated his income by $600,000. and that he improperly raised money for a school named after him at city college. >> it's a tough day for someone who has given so much, who has done so much for so many working americans. >> reporter: now the ethics committee must decide. rangel says he hopes his fellow lawmakers will consider 40 years of service. he calls his actions good faith mistakes caused by sloppy and careless bookkeeping. but that's not how his jury saw it. >> i'm hopeful as we move forward with this matter the next days, that at the end of the day we will be able to begin an era of transparency and accountability. >> reporter: i'm dave evans in washington for abc news.
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incumbent senator lisa murkowski is heading home to alaska apparently to claim victory. the latest vote tally shows murkowski with a 10,000-vote lead with only a few hundred more ballots to count. challenger joe miller must now decide whether to fight the results in court or concede. murkowski would become the first senator to win on a write-in campaign since 1954. all those lessons how to spell her name apparently worked. >> it worked, yes. here's your wednesday weather now. lingering morning rain in the ohio valley and from d.c. to boston. scattered showers from wichita to st. louis and memphis. windy out west with up to 2 feet of snow in the cascades. up to 1 foot of the white stuff in the colorado rockies. >> a wet 49 in seattle. 52 in salt lake city. 68 in sacramento. 40s in kansas city, omaha, and chicago. 85 in miami. mostly 60s for the rest of the east coast. now to the other big news story of the day besides the royal engagement, a jaw-dropping, emotional farewell
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on "dancing with the stars." >> despite those consistently high scores, brandy is done. the singer was speechless and it did not take long for the tears to flow. that means bristol palin will be facing off with jennifer grey and kyle massey in the season finale. >> no one predicted that. the mirror ball trophy will go to the winner of next week's, anything goes, freestyle dances. it will all end next week after weeks and weeks and weeks of this. and of course, bristol is the controversial finalist in all of this. a shocker last night. >> i have to say maxim had that heated exchange with carrie-anne inaba, you wonder if that might have played a role in some of this. she basically told him the choreography was questionable, he was very dismissive. so maybe it wasn't brandy's fault. >> may pay the price for that. >> blame the guy. >> more of that right after lame the guy. >> more after this right after this. hó
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during the holiday season, many people like to do what they can for others. but a rough economy has really made an impact on what people can give back. >> take thanksgiving, of course. for example, charities say turkey donations have dramatically dropped off this year. where are all the birds? here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: volunteers at the denver rescue mission are standing by, waiting for drivers to drop off thanksgiving turkeys. this year -- >> we had kind of a slow start because of the recession. >> reporter: from california to connecticut, charities nationwide report turkey donations have dropped dramatically. >> this year has been really tough. we started the drive on november 1st. about ten days into it we had zero turkeys. >> reporter: charities are blaming a rough economy and turkey prices that this year average 20% higher. >> everybody within their own families is trying to scrape and save.
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i think it's a little bit harder. people aren't quite as generous. >> reporter: for people in need, volunteers say the impact goes beyond just one holiday meal. >> when turkey donations are down, we can't provide the same kind of services we normally would in the community. you know, services for seniors, homeless, children, victims of domestic violence. >> reporter: as word of the turkey trouble spreads, more people are donating. but many groups still haven't met their goals. with time running out before thanksgiving, empty storage freezers are slowly filling up. as charities everywhere hope to close the turkey gap. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> as with everything else, the price is certainly up. one estimate says to feed ten people a full thanksgiving dinner, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cranberries and peas, for ten people, is $44. which doesn't seem like a lot but ends up being a lot when you're feeding that massive
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scale. >> that's not bad at all. good news for one charity out in nevada, they literally got a ton of turkeys delivered. good news for the folks in that part of the country. let's hope the spirit of giving catches on despite the tough times. returning to our top story when we come back, the new royal couple. >> did you hear about this? prince william and his bride to be and why their romance fascinates so many. that's next.
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and now back to our top story this morning. the royal engagement. he is second in line of course to the british throne, and she is a commoner, kind of, with some middle-class roots. >> no matter how you look at it, prince william and kate middleton are certainly in love. how did these two unlikely lovers meet? here is nick watt with their fairy tale romance. >> reporter: as a young girl, so
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the story goes, kate believed that only a prince would be good enough. somehow, she's got her wish. she's been with her prince nearly nine years. and now he's making her a princess. some say he made her wait too long. some dubbed her waity katie. but finally it's happening. for british royalty, this match is historic, huge, game-changing. >> it's a great moment. a real breakthrough. >> when prince william does marry kate middleton, it will be an absolute break with royal protocol, with tradition, with history. >> reporter: because kate is what the brits once called a commoner. no land or titles. she's like you and me. her mother was a flight attendant, her father a self-made millionaire. a generation ago, someone like her would never have the chance to marry a prince.
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>> well, no. she would have been called a commoner. and you'd have to go looking for some nice princess in denmark. >> reporter: so how did this happen? well, in 2001, william arrived at st. andrew's, a cold, coastal college town in scotland. hundreds of young women from around the world, kate among them, came too, hoping to snag a prince? depends who you listen to. but the first time they met was either over breakfast or when she was modeling in a fashion show. >> she was modeling frilly underwear on a catwalk. >> he was sitting with his friend fergus at the time and he turned to fergus and he said, wow. kate's a knockout, she's gorgeous. and i think that was really the turning point for them. >> she's not bad looking. >> no, she's not bad looking at all. she's very, very gorgeous. and i think more so in the flesh. she has this wonderfully radiant skin, very dewy, very beautiful, very fresh-faced. she has a great figure. i very much see her becoming a star. just as diana did. >> she's very beautiful. she's got a lovely smile. she's got a lovely manner about her.
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and i think that friendship will turn into something else. >> reporter: within a couple of years, they moved in together. for years, they've lived in sin, as they call it. another gigantic break from royal tradition. >> they've been living together in a cottage somewhere i think where they play house. they'll eventually be able to play palace somewhere, i assume. buckingham palace, in fact. >> reporter: the cinderella story did derail briefly in 2007. they broke up. but only briefly. she was hounded. but she said nothing. loyalty fit for a queen. >> i think people like what they see of her but they don't know her. >> reporter: because we've never even heard kate speak. >> she's got the right priorities. she's prepared to put herself second to the job in a way, for example, that diana was never willing to do. >> reporter: there will of course be the comparisons to diana. they are both young, beautiful, princesses. but kate will never try to be diana.
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>> people feel that there can never be anyone like that again. she was the most extraordinary icon of the last part of the 20th century. kate middleton's not going to be that. >> reporter: william and kate are a new breed of royals. he's learnt from his parents' mistakes, from the royal rules, from their essentially arranged marriages that often went wrong. charles always loved camilla. but was forced to marry diana, the young aristocratic virgin. william is marrying for love. marrying who he wants to marry. maybe it's taken a nine-year courtship to make sure this is right. >> william is essentially a private young man. he wants to do things on his terms. this entire relationship has been conducted extremely privately on his terms. >> reporter: speculation has swirled around this couple for years.
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will they? won't they? i mean, back as far as 2006 they were making commemorative crockery for a royal wedding. then this past month or so, cryptic signals. william and kate arrived together at a wedding. apparently a big deal. then kate's mom was photographed learning how to shoot deer on a royal estate. learning a royal pastime. so she can hang with the in-laws. with this engagement, kate is now, in a sense, public property. a royal in waiting. >> she now has an opportunity to excel and to show us what she's really made of. and that, that is going to be the fascinating part of this story. >> we're very, very happy. and i'm very glad that i have done it. >> reporter: i'm nick watt, abc news, london. >> go ahead, go ahead. get into it. >> you can see on her hand that big sapphire. and i said this as we were coming to work. to rob. i said, i bet everyone's going to want a copy of that ring. sure enough, at jewelry stores here in midtown, folks are demanding copies of that ring. the natural sapphire company here in midtown new york said they're working overtime, in
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"world news now" delivers your "morning papers." >> i think "the washington post" should be applauded for the investigative journalism. just the thought of doing this story. it's very clever. so last friday, a county executive and his wife were arrested with the allegation that they had taken tens of thousands of dollars in alleged payola. now what basically transpired is they heard a wiretapped conversation with the husband, the guy on the left, jack johnson, told his wife to take $79,600 and stick it in her underwear. she managed to get it all in her bra. the clever folks at "the washington post" said, wait a minute. could this actually be done? they went to a fancy bra boutique and said, could it be done? they realized it would be 796
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bills, it would weigh around 1.75 pounds. if stacked, 3 1/2 inches in height. what they realized, given that mass and talking to the bra boutique, if you did 10k per cup, and put the remaining around the elastic band, you could walk out with that much money, $79,000, strapped into your bra. >> regardless of what else is in there? >> i'm just saying, you'd think when you hear that sum, there's no way she could have walked off with that much in her bra. there's no way. $79,600. it can be done. >> that is a real treasure chest. all right, that was bad. that was bad. >> i just got it. >> all right. we'll keep that theme. apparently there's a lawsuit now. this school district out in pennsylvania -- obviously breast cancer awareness, big issue. the nfl dressed in pink for a month, breast cancer awareness. there's these plastic bracelets and the phrase on the bracelets
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is "i love boobies." which you see right there. some folks don't like this, saying it's trivializing the cause, demeaning to women. the school system has said, we don't like it, we're going to ban them. the aclu has stepped in, parents of the girls who got in trouble are stepping in saying they're infringing on free speech and this is a good thing to make kids more aware of the cause and all this. now there's a legal battle over whether boobies on the bracelets are offensive language and whether that demeans the cause of breast cancer awareness. so watch out for that case in p.a. >> i get what they're trying to do but it does seem a little odd. >> i know. >> well, guess what, folks. in new york, if you live here, we're not the only ones with bedbugs. apparently they have hit paris. yes, we doctored up the eiffel tower there, in case you're wondering. >> not an actual photo. >> they're saying -- public health officials are saying more than 600 places in the city, they're treating for bedbug infections. they don't call them bedbugs. they call them blood drawing pins. >> pins?
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bride to be. wedding bells. prince william pops the big question. >> i've been planning it for a while. >> the excitement about the bride to be. new clues in an ohio kidnapping mystery as the suspect appears in court. and, shopping strategy. should you wait until black friday for deep discounts? or buy big gifts now? it's wednesday, november 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> and good morning, everybody, i'm rob nelson. >> i'm vinita nair. it was nearly nine years in the making, and now it is official. britain's prince william and kate middleton are finally engaged. >> of course millions are now looking forward to the biggest royal wedding in almost 30 years.
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and jewelers right here in the u.s. are working overtime now to copy that royal engagement ring. miguel marquez reports now from london. >> reporter: william and catherine introduced themselves to the world as the royal couple. officially engaged. nine years in coming, they talked about the moment when william finally popped the question. >> a true romantic. >> i've been planning it for a while. but as every guy out there will know, it takes a certain amount of motivation to get yourself going. so i was planning it and then it just felt really right asking in africa. >> reporter: the ring, which william carried in his backpack for three weeks, waiting for the right moment, carries a significance all its own. >> well, i just hope i look after it. it's very, very special. >> it's my mother's engagement ring. so i thought it was quite nice. obviously she's not going to be around to share in the fun and excitement. this is my way of keeping her close to it all. >> reporter: a bittersweet reminder of his mother, princess diana, and the very ring she first wore 30 years ago.
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>> obviously i would love to have met her. and she obviously -- she's an inspirational woman to look up to. >> like kate said, it's about carving your own future. no one's trying to fill my mother's shoes. what she did is fantastic. it's about making your own future, your own destiny. kate will do a very good job of that. >> reporter: here in the uk, from the top down, there is hope for the royal couple. >> i was passed a piece of paper and announced the news in the middle of the cabinet meeting and there was a great cheer went up and a great banging of the table. >> this is going to be a huge event. i don't think we will see a royal wedding on this scale -- i don't think we've seen one on this scale since 1981. >> reporter: enormous pressure for the likely future king and queen. >> like ducks, very calm on the surface but little feet going under the water. no, it's really exciting. we've been talking about it for a long time. for us it's kind of -- it's a real relief and it's really nice
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to tell everybody. >> reporter: they sure seem like a regular couple. asked about when they met, nearly nine years ago, and whether middleton had a picture of the prince on her wall -- >> he wishes. no. >> reporter: so when's the date and where's the wedding going to be? the odds-on favorites are for now may for the nuptials at westminster abbey, where princess diana's funeral was almost 13 years ago. miguel marquez, abc news, london. >> and our coverage of the royal engagement will continue later in this half hour with a little more on the background of kate middleton, then of course more reaction on "america this morning" and live reports from london later today on "good morning america." now to the reality tv producer charged with killing his wife. he is under arrest and due in court later this morning. bruce beresford-redman was taken into custody yesterday at his southern california home. the arrest comes seven months after his wife's body was found at a mexican resort where the family was vacationing. his attorneys say the former "survivor" producer is not guilty and will fight
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extradition to mexico. investigators are searching by air and by ground for that missing family of an ohio teenager who was found bound and gagged in a basement. >> and the suspect, an unemployed ex-con, went before a judge. steven portnoy is following the investigation. good morning, steven. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning. authorities say the teenage victim in ohio is recovering and doing well under the circumstances. while the man arrested in the case had a court appearance. matthew hoffman was not actually in the courtroom. instead, he appeared by video from the knox county jail. he did not speak and he yawned at one point. he didn't enter a plea. the judge set a $1 million cash bond on a kidnapping charge. hoffman is accused of kidnapping and holding 13-year-old sarah maynard captive for four days. police found the teen sunday, bound and gagged in the basement of hoffman's mt. vernon house. she vanished from her own home ten miles away last wednesday, along with her 10-year-old brother kody, her mother tina herrmann, and her mother's friend stephanie sprang. authorities fear they may be dead.
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but the search continues with the help of cadaver dogs. >> i just want this family to get some closure. >> reporter: investigators don't know yet if a shoe found in a park, or a sock found on a trail, are tied to the case. they removed a tarp and a trash bag from the teen's home. officials are appealing for help locating three vehicles involved in the investigation. >> we want those pictures out where the public can see them. the f-150 pickup truck, the toyota yaris which belongs to matthew hoffman, and the silver jeep which was recovered at the scene. >> reporter: 30-year-old hoffman is scheduled back in court next tuesday. he's on suicide watch. investigators are revealing little about hoffman's background but an ohio police report from just last month reveals accusations from his former girlfriend, who claims hoffman tried to choke her during an argument. vinita, rob? there were some surprised onlookers at the groundbreaking for george w. bush's presidential library in dallas, all over the noticeably thin
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appearance of former vice president dick cheney. his spokesman says cheney lost a lot of weight in the hospital after a heart operation over the summer. cheney says he's keeping the weight off for health reasons. long-time congressman charlie rangel dismisses his conduct as "good faith mistakes" after his conviction on nearly a dozen violations. now the same house ethics committee that found him guilty will have to decide how he should be punished. t.j. winick has details. >> reporter: it has certainly been a shocking turn of events for this lawmaker who is a fixture on capitol hill and still incredibly popular in his home district. having served 20 terms in the house of representatives, charlie rangel has declared victory many times. the congressman from harlem was declared guilty on 11 of 13 counts of financial and fund-raising wrongdoing. >> do you have reaction to the --
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>> no, i really haven't. >> are you hoping for just a reprimand? >> i don't know. >> reporter: the house ethics committee will recommend a punishment for the 80-year-old rangel, to be voted on by the full house. possibilities include a vote deploring his conduct, a fine, and denial of privileges. even after the verdict, many long-time constituents remain supportive. >> this stuff goes on in congress all the time. so he just got picked out. you know. that's how the game is played. >> reporter: monday, rangel demanded the trial be delayed so he could raise money to pay a lawyer. >> 50 years of public service is on the line. i am entitled to a lawyer during this proceeding. >> reporter: the panel refused to postpone, so rangel walked out, forcing the trial to go on without him. throughout the proceedings, he was portrayed as a veteran congressman who thought he could ignore rules on disclosing assets and who used official resources to fund-raise for a new york college center named after him. charlie rangel is playing for his legacy. he has a long and proud legacy of public service stretching back half a century.
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>> reporter: rangel is not expected to resign and impeachment is not considered a punishment in line with the charges against him. the makers of a caffeinated alcoholic drink have announced a major change. they're taking the caffeine out of four loko. that decision was announced last night just hours before the fda was to meet to discuss banning caffeine from alcoholic beverages. several states banned four loko for safety reasons after several people got sick after drinking it. >> wow. half of that was caffeine. six cups of coffee, two red bulls? here's a look at your wednesday weather. morning showers from d.c. to boston. also around cleveland, buffalo and pittsburgh. light rain from orlando to miami. scattered showers from wichita to nashville. up to 2 feet of snow in the cascades and up to a foot in the colorado rockies. >> mostly 50s boise to albuquerque. 49 in seattle. 30 in fargo. 38 in the twin cities. 48 in chicago. 60s from new england to atlanta. 85 in miami.
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this next story is just cool. any way you look at it, this is cool. it wasn't an average scene in two of the northeast's busiest train stations. country star keith urban took to a small stage at philadelphia's 30th street station to remote his new album. >> his appearance followed a similar one in new york's penn station. fans found out about the gig on the internet and some radio stations were also involved so it wasn't a complete surprise. >> you can see him there getting on the train after the philly show. some lucky contest winners got to spend time with him on that train back to new york. in case you're wondering that's no urban myth. >> oh, very nice. >> he was doing a lot of songs. one of the ones i thought was really cool, he sampled elton john's "philadelphia freedom." >> nice. he's had 15 singles on the country charts and 10 number ones. a lot of success for keith. we'll be right back. ♪ if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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welcome back. the dictionary defines a hero as a person of distinguished courage, admired for brave deeds.
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and that is a perfect description of staff sergeant salvatore giunta. >> he became the first living soldier awarded the medal of honor since the vietnam war. john hendren has his story. >> reporter: salvatore giunta says the medal is too big for one man. >> this is big. i can't take this for myself. so i'm going to think about them and where it happens, i'll be thinking about them. and when it's done, i'll be thinking about them. >> reporter: it happened in october 2007. that day, like nearly every day in afghanistan across the pakistani border, his unit faced heavy fire. what he did that day earned him the honor of the nation and the praise of a president. >> i'm going to go off-script here for a second and just say, i really like this guy. >> reporter: this is the scene a day earlier as the soldier learns his friend has been shot dead. the next day, 22-year-old specialist giunta would face the challenge of a lifetime, displaying what the award
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describes as conspicuous gallantry. staff sergeant perry was near him when they were ambushed. >> i can't begin to describe how intense it was. >> reporter: giunta watched his best friend, platoon leader, josh brennan, badly wounded, being dragged away by insurgents. he charged into the ambush under them, under heavy fire. >> sal was hit twice. one round slammed into his body armor, the other shattering a weapon slung across his back. >> he was putting everything he had into keeping brennan alive. he was talking to him, comforting him. >> reporter: brennan did not make it. giunta says he shares in the nation's highest honor. the medal of honor is a distinction reserved for the most valiant of american warriors. it's been conferred just six times before in the wars in afghanistan, in every case to troops who lost their lives in the effort. john hendren, abc news, washington. >> a very nice off the cuff remark from the president when he said, i really like this guy. he went on to say, when you meet sal and you meet his family you are absolutely convinced this is what america is all about. just incredible honor for him
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yesterday. >> such a great story. they were saying several of his squad mates were there and they also received a similar round of applause. a round of applause can't show any amount of thankfulness that we have but it's a small start. >> it's what the soldiers recommended him for, which makes it even better. we'll return to our top story in a moment, the royal engagement overseas in britain. >> how prince william's fiance is making history and what makes her tick. you're watching "world news now." makes hereti her tick. you're watching ""world news now."abababababababababababababb
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and back to our stop story on this wednesday morning. of course all that exciting news of britain's royal engagement. for nearly nine years there's been a lot of talk about this
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kate middleton. >> we should have started out with the music here comes the bride. the bbc takes us behind the speculation and flash bulbs to tell us exactly who the future queen really is. >> reporter: the royal bride who will break tradition. once the wives of future kings came from foreign royalty or more recently the british aristocracy. kate middleton is a middle-class girl from the home counties. one day she will be queen. in the meantime, she'll become one of the most famous and photographed women in the world. so what is the background of this soon to be member of the royal family? this was catherine elizabeth middleton at 13 in a school play. the words could not have been more prophetic. >> you will marry a rich gentleman. >> it is all i'd ever hoped for. will hi fall in love with me? >> indeed he will. >> and marry me? >> and marry you. >> reporter: she went to public school, marlborough, where as a teenager she's said to have a
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photo of prince william on her wall. after school she did a gap year trip to chile. the prince had done the same adventure a few months earlier. >> catherine middleton. >> reporter: she met her prince at university. they graduated on the same day. early on, this was kate at a fashion show. the model student. william was in the front row. >> i think he just took a shine to her, really. spent a lot of time together. and were very good friends for a long time. and i think then that blossomed into something more. and it's not surprising, really, because kate is a fantastic girl. she's very beautiful. and she's got a lovely smile. she's got a lovely manner about her. and i think that friendship obviously turned into something else. >> reporter: this is the
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middleton family home in the village of bucklebury in berkshire. answering the door is kate's younger sister pippa. she also has a younger brother, and they're a close-knit family. four years ago, william's passing out parade at sandhurst marked the middleton family's first appearance with the royals. kate's mother carol was criticized for chewing in public. a few months later, william and kate suddenly split up. it emerged someone had made snobbish remarks about her family background. soon the middle-class girl was back with her prince. in recent weeks her mother has been photographed shooting at balmoral. just one indication of royal approval and an imminent wedding. since leaving university, kate middleton has faced criticism about her lack of a formal career path. she's been dubbed waity katie. here she's on her way to a charity roller disco. she had a short spell with a fashion firm. apart from that, has been said to have worked for her parents' mail-order business. now she will have a full diary and a life of public appearances. she's already faced the full force of the paparazzi.
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it's the same sort of scrutiny that william saw his mother endure. so how will kate cope with this, and how will she fare in a world which others before her have found so difficult? >> this girl, catherine as we'll probably know her from now on, comes from a very happy home life. brother and sister, parents are very together. and i think it's going to make a huge difference because it gives her that confidence and that security that diana and fergie both lacked. >> reporter: kate middleton will be 29 when she marries, mature for a royal bride. her relationship with william has endured for nearly a decade and she's mixed with his family in private for many years. but now she will take center stage. june kelly, bbc news. >> all this extensive coverage bringing back memories of another huge historic wedding we all remember so well. >> oh, no. what i was going to say, what i thought was interesting, they keep referencing her -- enough of this picture. as a commoner, but her dad is a self-made millionaire.
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call this toll-free number now. if you're looking for an excuse not to go shopping next week on black friday, we've got one for you. most stores have already started their sales. >> not everyone is convinced though they will get the best deals early, or even online. so what do you do? here's becky worley with some good advice. >> reporter: black friday is a cultural phenomenon. the thrill of the deal. and this year, the mania is more intense than ever. soon black friday deals have been leaked, posted on facebook, and officially released two-plus weeks early. all to get you in the mood to buy.
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let's start with flatscreen tvs. the retailers have to guess almost a year early how many tvs to order. if they overbuy, we get the deal. like walmart's emerson 32-inch lcd. was $328. will be $198. and target's westinghouse 40-inch lcd, $549 down to $298. but the deep discounts this year will be on some of the biggest sets. at best buy, a rumored deal, a 50-inch panasonic plasma, regular price $999. after thanksgiving, $699. and at sears, a 55-inch samsung lcd is selling for almost $1,000 off. >> retailers are spending loads of money to get you in their stores and spending. they're going to try everything they can, slashing prices left and right, to make sure you leave with a shopping bag or two. >> reporter: at jcpenney, a five-piece luggage set for just $38.
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a kitchen aid cutlery set down 80 bucks. at best buy, the barnes and noble nook e-book reader was $149. now $99. and a flip cam, usually $149. the door-buster price, $99. finally, the toys. it's all about 50% off. at walmart, zhu zhu pets were $8. now $4. at toys "r" us, 50% off buzz lightyear and lincoln logs, a staple. >> becky passed on two websites. they are her favorite for black friday deals. they are bfads.net, and blackfriday.net. check those out. >> there's also a good article, "chicago tribune" did the ten best tips for black friday shopping. some of the ones include, if you have a stroller or a toddler, keep it at home. >> amen to that. >> number two, if you have the paper, make sure thanksgiving, that paper has tons of flyers and coupons in it. that paper has tons of flyers and coupons in it.h@h@h@h@h@h@h@
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princess bride. prince william's engagement and what his fiancee can now expect from one of the world's most unusual families. hollywood homicide. a publicist to the stars shot in her car. >> we don't have crimes like this in the city of beverly hills. >> the challenging investigation. and, foreclosure fiasco. how the big banks' mistakes could cost you. it's wednesday, november 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i feel like whenever we say the word "foreclosure" it never is attached to anything good these days. >> never. >> another fiasco to tell them about this morning too. >> the news keeps getting a little worse on that front. hopefully they'll correct these mistakes soon enough. we'll see.
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>> good morning and thanks for being with us on this wednesday, hump day. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. after a long public courtship, britain's prince william and his girlfriend kate middleton are officially engaged. >> now royal watchers say a wedding could come as early as next spring. diana alvear has the details. >> reporter: it's a royal engagement eight years in the making. england's prince william and his middle-class love, kate middleton, wearing his late mother's ring. >> it's my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement from the fact that we're going to spend the rest of our lives together. >> reporter: the young couple met while studying in scotland, forging a strong friendship that soon blossomed into love. their close bond is clear as they share laughs over his cooking. >> i would say i'm getting better cooking. kate would say i'm getting a lot worse. >> reporter: and whether kate did have a picture of william on her dorm wall. >> no, i had the levi's guy on my wall. no, not a picture of william. >> reporter: amid the laughs the couple admits the strains that accompany royal life can be a struggle.
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it's for that very reason they chose to take their time. >> i wanted to give her a chance to see and back out if she needed to. before it got too much. i'm trying to learn lessons from the past. >> reporter: for years kate's every move has been monitored by the media. scrutiny that will only become more intense once she has the legacy of england's beloved princess diana to live up to. >> i'd have loved to have met her. she's an inspirational woman to look up to. >> no one's trying to fill my mother's shoes. what she did is fantastic. it's about making her own future and her own destiny. kate will do a very good job of that. >> reporter: her smitten prince is confident she has what it takes and so are royal experts. >> kate, i believe, is the best-prepared future princess of wales we've ever had. >> reporter: they're hoping it leads to a fairy tale ending. will and kate living happily ever after. kate middleton will be the first commoner to marry the presumptive heir in more than 350 years.
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diana alvear, abc news, los angeles. >> later this half hour, kate middleton's very unusual future in-laws. and on "good morning america," more buzz from britain about the big wedding announcement. stay with abc news throughout the day for the very latest. now to hollywood where police are looking for leads about the murder of a prominent publicist. 64-year-old ronni chasen was shot and killed yesterday after attending a movie premiere. kabc's john hartung has details. >> reporter: outside a beverly hills office building investigators load computers from the business chasen & company into a van. a few miles away they seized more items from the high-rise apartment complex where ronni chasen lived. this, about 12 hours after the prominent hollywood publicist was murdered in an upscale beverly hills neighborhood. neighbors heard her car crash into a light pole on whittier drive. officers arrived to find the 64-year-old chasen has been shot five times in the chest. she was taken to cedars-sinai medical center, where she died
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less than an hour later. >> we don't have crimes like this in the city of beverly hills, so it is a surprise to us. we've got numerous investigators at the scene that are trying to piece this thing together. we don't have a motive at this time. we don't have any suspect information. >> reporter: chasen's murder came just hours after she attended a premiere for the movie "burlesque" which she helped promote. her career in hollywood spanned decades. the famed publicist helped promote academy award-winning films like "slumdog millionaire," "driving miss daisy" and "on golden pond." at the time of her death, chasen was helping to promote michael douglas for an oscar in his performance in "wall street 2: money never sleeps." >> people wanted her because they knew she knew everybody. everybody knew her. there wasn't anybody who wouldn't take ronni chasen's call. >> reporter: another publicist and friend of ronni chasen, michael levine, is establishing a reward fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of chasen's killer.
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john hartung, abc news. police in the denver area are now investigating a very bizarre shooting involving a set of twins from australia. the 29-year-old sisters were at a shooting range and police say they were both shot in the head at the same time. one victim died, the other in critical condition now. police hope to question the surviving twin to find out exactly what happened. now to washington where a white house meeting with top congressional leaders has been put off until the end of the month because of schedule conflicts. today, republicans are expected to formally nominate john boehner to become speaker of the house in january. democrats appear ready to keep nancy pelosi as their leader despite some demands for her resignation. the banking industry is under new scrutiny due to the foreclosure mess. >> the issue was the subject of a contentious hearing on capitol hill where bankers got an earful. john hendren has details in washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, rob and vinita. they call it robo signing. bank employees pushing through hundreds of foreclosure documents a day without proper review. sometimes backdating them, costing thousands of americans their homes. at a hearing on capitol hill,
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senators asked those accused of robo signing about the practice. the nation's biggest banks -- some of which took billions of dollars in bailouts, citigroup, bank of america, jpmorgan chase. >> we learned they couldn't keep themselves solvent without taxpayer assistance. then we learned they couldn't effectively work with troubled borrowers in a bursting housing bubble. now we've learned they don't even know how to foreclose. >> reporter: a government watchdog, the congressional oversight panel, says robo signing problems could set off a wave of legal challenges in up to 33 million loans. that could cost billions of dollars in losses to banks. >> these abuses occur because servicers have strong financial incentives to deny permanent modifications. >> i would say to the business people in the room, stupid policy. >> reporter: and begin new trouble for the housing market. at a showdown on capitol hill, banks admitted their mistakes. bank of america said it's trying to replace paperwork in as many as 100,000 pending foreclosures. >> we do not always get it right. >> our process did not live up to our standards. >> reporter: bank officials say
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they're not trading in their good names for a quick buck but industry-watchers say they have a financial incentive to pile on the fees and foreclose as quickly as possible. rob and vinita? when shares of general motors hit the market tomorrow, there will be over 30% more of them offered than first expected. gm says high demand has forced it to expand its initial public offering to 478 million shares. that could make gm's ipo the largest in history for an american company. the shares are expected to begin trading at $33 a share. now here is a look at your forecast. rain in the pacific northwest. windy with up to 2 feet of snow in the cascades and up to a foot in the colorado rockies. great skiing. much lighter snow in montana and wyoming. scattered showers in wichita, st. louis, and memphis. and morning showers in the ohio valley and the northeast. >> 60s from dallas and new orleans up to boston. 42 in omaha. 54 in detroit. phoenix at 76. sacramento 68. 34 in billings.
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47 in colorado springs. it looks like elves aren't the only tiny creatures spreading holiday cheer this year. >> an amusement park in south korea has enlisted a dozen penguins to serve as santa's little helpers. the flightless birds waddle through the park and many parades, dressed in full santa and reindeer costumes. >> i see this ending very badly. south korea has one of the largest christian populations in asia. as you can see, the kids couldn't get enough of the christmas fun. is this animal abuse? is this what it looks like? >> let's call the folks at p.e.t.a., see what happens. we'll be back with more after this. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night,
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at lunesta.com discover a restful lunesta night. returning to our top story now, many little girls of course have dreamed of one day becoming a princess. well, kate middleton is now living that dream. >> with all the pomp and circumstance comes the fact that she is marrying into quite an unusual family. miguel marquez has a look at what kate can expect from her future in-laws. >> reporter: when kate middleton ties the royal knot, she'll be known round the world as princess catherine. she'll also enter a world few of us could imagine. the royal family. >> if she only knew what she was letting herself into. my golly. i think she might have second thoughts about it. because of course the british
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royal family has frequently been described as the most dysfunctional family in the whole of great britain. >> reporter: in his new book "we are amused," brian hoey has collected some of the more bizarre habits of the royals. >> my book takes a rather affectionate if amused look, i suppose, at the royal family. and tells of some of the little oddities about them. >> reporter: kate probably already knows some of them. queen elizabeth, her grandmother-in-law to be, has more than one pet peeve. starting with the royal pets. those welsh corgis are loved by the queen, and no one else. don't even think about petting them. if you ever pour the queen a drink, she likes gin and dubonnet. two parts gin, one part dubonnet. she has it on ice but doesn't like that clinking sound. >> prince philip invented a little machine that created tiny
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ice balls. they rub gently together. that sort of thing. the little idiosyncrasies, if you like, of a family who are in many ways very ordinary. >> reporter: the queen despises brown suits. and lovers. but what really gets her going? clip-on bow ties. if you're invited to a formal function at buckingham palace, you better know how to tie one yourself. middleton has already learned how delicate the royal landscape can be. she once used the word toilet in front of the queen, inviting a royal backlash. we don't go to the toilet, we go to the lavatory. when it comes to -- ahem -- the throne. kate's father-in-law to be, prince charles -- always a heartbeat away from the throne -- has some quirks of his own. everywhere he goes, he takes along a white leather toilet seat. >> princess anne, prince charles' sister, once gave him a white leather toilet seat. she thought it was hilarious. he thought it was so marvelous, so comfortable, it now accompanies him everywhere he goes, all around the world.
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>> reporter: so, what does the queen like? i hope princess catherine likes bat catching. at the family home in balmoral, scotland, bats fly around the rafters and apparently that's when the queen enjoys her favorite sport. >> she brings them down with a large butterfly net on a long pole, and of course in britain bats are protected species. so she has to release them. they're nocturnal animals so they come back every night. and she does it again the next day. >> reporter: it's not all toilet seats, bats, pomp and circumstance all the time with all the royals. okay, the family is a little controversial here, but hey, at least the royals aren't boring. will and kate will have a lot to live up and down to. >> if it's rather dull that would be the worst thing that could happen to the monarchy. perhaps we want them to be hugely dramatic. i find it rather more enjoyable when they behave appallingly. >> reporter: if history is any guide, we won't have to worry
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too much. i'm miguel marquez in london. >> heavy is the head that will soon wear that crown. >> no kidding. walking into that family, on this show i don't think we would fit in well with the royal crowd. >> right. if saying the word toilet gets you in trouble? >> we look good there, though. it would be nice for a day or two. coming up next, what drama involving brandy and bristol on "dancing with the stars" last night. >> how bristol palin's younger sister is in some trouble on facebook. your "skinny" is next. kkkkkkkkkk
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and welcome back, everybody. of course we have to update "dancing with the stars" this week. a big shocker last night. brandy got the boot, and bristol is somehow able to carry on despite having some low ratings throughout the entire year. brandy had a great latest round this week. she did really great. strong performance monday night. you could literally hear the gasps from the audience when
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they say brandy was the one going to get sent packing. bristol made like everyone in the audience was pretty stunned by this. should be interesting how this all plays out. she had consecutive last-place finishes but still managed to get into the finals. it's all going to end next week but bristol is still in. the argument keeps going on and on about whether her mom's tea party backers and republicans are keeping her in the race despite the fact that she's not scoring that well and clearly is not the best dancer among those who are left. a lot of drama on that stage. >> a lot of drama and a lot of defense of bristol palin. there's another daughter in the palin family -- >> oh, yeah. >> -- making big headlines. according to tmz the other daughter in the family, willow, the 16-year-old we don't hear much about, was defending her mom. the mom's show premiered this past sunday. of course you've heard of it. it's called "sarah palin's alaska." she's defending it on facebook because some kids in her class posted nasty messages.
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what basically comes out are multiple homophobic slurs. the original comment made by the kid was something along the lines of, "sarah palin's alaska" is failing so hard right now, then she goes on to say several homophobic things. it continues on with, i have no idea who you are but what i've seen pictures of you're absolutely disgusting. bristol gets in on the conversation, so it's not only that sister, it's the older sister as well. basically, the end result of all this ended where the 16-year-old said to another commenter on facebook, i'm sorry you're such a low-life loser, sorry all you guys are jealous of my family's success and you guys aren't going anywhere with your lives. a homophobic slur which we're choosing not to repeat is
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never -- >> right. there may be some consequences of that. we'll see how that one plays out. we'll lighten the mood here. i'm a facebook addict. you not so much so. maybe this is your kind of holiday. jimmy kimmel started something really cool, national unfriend day, getting rid of all your -- not really your friends on facebook. take a listen to how this thing has played out the last couple of days. >> next wednesday, november 17th, i'm asking facebook users to gather around your computers, go through your list, determine which ones are really your friends and eliminate those who aren't. in other words, i want you to kill people. over the weekend, facebook all of a sudden made it a lot harder to unfriend someone. they changed things. i only have like three friends to start with. so i'm all right. i may cut two of them just to make a point. >> "good morning america" yesterday morning. but today, national unfriend day, getting rid of folks who are really not your friends. jimmy kimmel started a new national trend, caused some facebook backlash.
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i think it's really funny. >> it may backfire on him though. recently he posted someone's random page and said, unfriend this person. the next thing you know the person's friend number tripled or quadrupled or something. hopefully it works, jimmy. so this is really funny. ellen degeneres had halle berry on. of course halle berry, everyone knows this, "people's" most beautiful woman. take a look at what happened. she openly admits, i'm sweating. >> she showed the pits. >> she did. then ellen, who of course is very clever, immediately grabbed the tissues and sort of wiped her down. lest you think the beautiful don't sweat, they do. ♪
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odor and release a fresh scent. here are some stories to watch today on abc news. after the dow's 178-point dive, many overseas markets are down this morning. investors are reacting to the debt crisis in ireland and its impact on europe. the makers of the alcoholic drink four loko announced it will remove caffeine from the beverage. complaints of illnesses forced many states to ban it. the fda was ready to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks in meetings today. gm unveils its electric car, the chevy volt, today at the los angeles auto show. the volt was named "motor trend's" car of the year. finally this morning an inside look at an amazing piano player we've been featuring. he made world headlines after performing on the show "china's got talent." >> he plays despite not having any arms.
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david muir shows us the man's true dedication. >> reporter: liu wei was 10 years old. the boy from beijing was playing hide-and-seek with his friends when he accidentally touched a power line. he woke up in the hospital. both arms had been amputated. few knew of his story here in china until he bravely went on national television to compete on their own "china's got talent." telling the audience of millions he'd taught himself how to play the piano with his toes. uncertain what they would hear, he sat down at the piano and began to play. ♪ >> reporter: the crowd was stunned as he performed the french piece "mirage du amor." ♪ >> reporter: wiping away tears, then the standing ovation. he would return in the finals. ♪ you're beautiful >> reporter: and he would win.
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fresh off his victory, liu wei is now a hero here. you have to go to another performance after this? >> yes. >> reporter: and we're stopped by his fans on the street. a lot of folks would wonder why you didn't give up, how you were able to keep going. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: he tells us of his mother who told him as a boy, no matter what, life goes on. he slipped off his green sneakers and cracked his toes. and he performed that first song that captured an entire country. ♪ >> reporter: our crew from america, just as moved. >> bravo! >> reporter: as the millions here in china before us. david muir, abc news, beijing. >> think about this as we go to
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